Make Grandparents Rights into law
  • Petitioning West Virginia Needs Grandparent Rights!

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West Virginia Needs Grandparent Rights!
West Virginia Governor
West Virginia State Senate
West Virginia State House

Make Grandparents Rights into law

    1. Patty Butcher
    2. Petition by

      Patty Butcher

      Lost Creek, WV

The Grandparent Law of West Virginia needs over hauled. Our state Family Court judges are still ignoring a fundamental right that each child should have, which is a relationship with their Grandparents!! Many children have already established relationships with their Grandparents from birth, and because of divorce/separation of their parents, or their parent’s lose custody of them, their Grandparents are unfairly ripped from their lives.
 
We are not asking for custody of our grandchildren or for our grandchildren to be forced to be around adults who have been proven to be unfit, we are merely asking to be able to visit with our grandchildren regardless of if their parents are married, divorced, separated, or not living together.....we do not want our grandchildren to continue to be used as pawns in custody battles or for one side of their family to be shut out of their lives merely because their parents can’t get along and are trying to hurt each other or trying to hurt us.  If our own child is called away for extended periods of time due to their military obligations, job, or other unforseen circumstances we want to continue to visit with our grandchildren in their absence, not have to wait 12 months to see them again.  If  our own child should die, we do not want to be shut out of our grandchildren's lives because the other parent has remarried or is in a relationship with someone else.
 
Unless there are justifiable reasons, or our actions warrant otherwise, the following is what we are fighting for:

    We want to continue to have visitation with our Grandchildren even if their parent’s separate, divorce or no longer live together (no matter what the circustance);
    We want in cases where one of the parent’s is away because of military service, their job or any unforseen reason, the grandparents continue to be able to have visitation in that parent’s absence;
    We want a portion of the parenting plan to address this visitation and it to be spelled out in the beginning so we don’t have to go to court to continue seeing our grandchildren;
    We want to be the first considered for guardianship for our grandchildren in the case where their parents lose custody. If we are deemed fit, we want our grandchildren to live with us instead of place in foster care.  If our grandchildren are in foster care because it is their best interest, if deemed fit, we want to be able to visit with them.

We want Family Court judges to be forced to up hold the laws already in place and not force us to go to a higher court.  Family dynamics have changed in the past decade and in some children's lives the one consistant thing they can count on is their grandparents.  These children, in most cases, have already established relationships with their grandparents and through no falut of their own, their grandparents are ripped away.  We are not trying to infringe on anyone else's rights, all we are asking for is to spend time with our grandchildren and be a part of their lives.
 

To:
West Virginia Needs Grandparent Rights!
West Virginia Governor
West Virginia State Senate
West Virginia State House
I just signed the following petition addressed to: West Virginia Needs Grandparent Rights!.

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Make a Grandparents Rights into law

So we Grandparents can have visitation rights with our Grandchildren, unless there is a justifiable reason that we shouldn't!
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Sincerely,
Patty Butcher

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. send e-mail

      Patty Butcher
      Petition Organizer

      Cheryl Simon Kilmer wrote;
      I just received a phone call from Charleston that said we need to flood Del. Tim Miley's email with emails about why we NEED Grandparent Rights! His email is.. tim.miley@wvhouse.gov and his phone number is (304) 340-3176 Office 418M. So come on Grandparents, lets let him know we mean business!

    3. HB 2452

      Patty Butcher
      Petition Organizer

      call or e-mail your WV state senators or legislators and ask them to support this bill!!!

    4. HB 2452

      Patty Butcher
      Petition Organizer

      This is the bill we want, A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new article, designated §48-10A-101, §48-10A-102, §48-10A-201, §48-10A-202, §48-10A-203, §48-10A-301, §48-10A-401, §48-10A-402, §48-10A-501, §48-10A-502, §48-10A-601, §48-10A-602, §48-10A-701, §48-10A-801, §48-10A-802, §48-10A-901, §48-10A-902, §48-10A-1001, §48-10A-1002, §48-10A-1101 and §48-10A-1201, all relating to extended family visitation generally; setting forth legislative findings and intent; certain terms defined; persons who may apply for extended family visitation; petition for extended family visitation, appointment of guardian ad litem for the child; necessary findings for grant of reasonable visitation to an extended family member; factors to be considered in making a determination as to a grant of visitation to an extended family member; interview of child in chambers; prohibitions on use of child's written or recorded statement or affidavit; proof required general

    5. Another bill to amend Grandparent rights HB2452

      Patty Butcher
      Petition Organizer

      We have a second bill also admitted to the senate, for Grandparent rights! I have not read it all yet, but here it is, It may even be better then the first, people they are starting to acknowledge that we are important to the lives of our grandchildren!!

    6. Lobbying for Grandparents rights amendment!

      Patty Butcher
      Petition Organizer

      Planning the trip to Charleston on the 20th, 9am till 11am.. I myself am not in the state and can't make it, but two of the girls who went with me all summer will be there, they will bring the red t-shirts to Charleston, but wear a red t-shirt just in case we don't have enough...all you have to do is show up, make a sign..and talk to anyone in a suit!!!

    7. Petition

      Patty Butcher
      Petition Organizer

      I have upped the number of signatures on this petition, so I could keep this petition going for a much longer time, thanks

    8. Online and written signatures we have collected!!

      Patty Butcher
      Petition Organizer

      3,992 signatures!!!Supporting Grandparent Rights!!

    9. Signatures

      Patty Butcher
      Petition Organizer

      As of yesterday we have 3558 signatures from here and written ones I have sent out to people who were and are still collecting them, if you would like a written one to collect signatures, send me a private message, I can attach it or mail to you, thank you

    10. Letter from the President of the Senate; Senator Jeff Kessler

      Patty Butcher
      Petition Organizer

      6 February 2013

      Dear Ms. Butcher:

      Greetings. I trust this message finds you well and thank you for contacting my senate office.

      6 February 2013

      Dear Ms. Butcher:

      Greetings. I trust this message finds you well and thank you for contacting my senate office.

      I do remember meeting with you in October and am grateful to be able to assist where I can.

      Please feel free to submit your petition via fax or email, whichever is easier for you to my Senior Assistant Steve McElroy. Our fax number is: 304.357.7839 or you place the in the US Mail.

      Address:

      The Honorable Jeffrey V. Kessler
      Senate President
      ATTN: Steve McElroy
      Room 227 M, Building 1
      State Capitol Complex
      Charleston, WV 25305

      I am looking forward to working you and other grandparents throughout West Virginia on this issue.

      Should I be of any further assistance to you on this issue or any issue of importance to you, please do not hesitate to call upon me.

      Very truly yours,

      Jeff

      Jeffrey V. Kessler
      Senate President

    11. Comments

      Patty Butcher
      Petition Organizer

      I downloaded all the comments that have been posted on this petition by you the signers, Copied them all out and will mail them to Charleston on Monday! Please share this page and send your letters to your senators!

    12. Reached 1,500 signatures
    13. WV Senate

      Patty Butcher
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Senate1/members/senmemview.cfm
      Go to above link, use drop down arrow to get e-mail address and address for Senate members, write them and tell them we want Grandparent rights amended...The Senate Convene in February, the only time the can amend them this year...

      West Virginia State Senators

      Find Your West Virginia State Senator

    14. Send in your e-mails and letters, now!

      Patty Butcher
      Petition Organizer

      It is time to send letters and e-mails to Charleston...don't forget!, this is so important, Legislators will convene in February this will be the time they can amend the Grandparent laws, make sure you send in your letter, have your voice heard...pass time we Grandparents take a stand!!

    15. Republican Committee Dinner

      Patty Butcher
      Petition Organizer

      I was able to get reservations at the dinner held by the Republican Committee, Monday evening, Oct. 15th, after talking to the director he is even going to see if I can speak to the crowd for a few minutes about Grandparent Rights, John Raese, Patrick Morrisy and lots of Delegates are going to be there!!!

    16. Going to the Capitol In Charleston

      Patty Butcher
      Petition Organizer

      We have an appointment with the Gov Senior Advisior Oct 10, taking our signatures with us, the Governor has promised to stop in for our visit...

    17. Rally Sept 5 @ Lewis County was a success!

      Patty Butcher
      Petition Organizer

      Altho just a handful of Grandparents showed up for the rally, we got good media coverage and The Weston Democrat wants to do a story on us! Next stop is Nicholas County, planning a rally there end of the month, will post more about it later.

    18. Reached 1,000 signatures
    19. Demonstration at Harrison County Court house

      Patty Butcher
      Petition Organizer

      Turn out was good at court house today we had wboy and wdtv/fox news covering it, if you'd like to see the video go to facebook page entitled West Virginia Needs Grandparent Rights

    20. Wear Red to the Peaceful Demonstration at the Harrison County Court House

      Patty Butcher
      Petition Organizer

      Tomorrow is the day, be at Harrison County court house at noon till 1pm, wear a red T-shirt, make a sign supporting Grandparent Rights!!

    21. Reached 500 signatures
    22. Wear Red to the Peaceful Demonstration at the Harrison County Court House

      Patty Butcher
      Petition Organizer

      Wearing red will unify us as one body, so grab a red t-shirt and put it on and join me at Harrison County Court House, Aug 15th from noon to 1pm

    23. Peaceful Denonstration at the Harrison County Court House

      Patty Butcher
      Petition Organizer

      Come join us, Aug 15th from 12 noon till 1:00 I need a show of number to let them know we are serious about getting our Grandparent Rights!!

    24. Everyone needs to write to your delegates and 2 state senators

      Patty Butcher
      Petition Organizer

      Tell them your story, he said if we do this then he would feel compelled to vote on something that would address our problems! The pen IS mightier then the sword!

    25. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Lisa Humphrey GAULEY BRIDGE, WV
      • about 11 hours ago

      I want my grandson in my grandson Hayden in my life ...

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    • Madonna Dolin MOUNT AIRY, NC
      • about 12 hours ago

      I have grandchildren

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    • Brenda Bostic SURVEYOR, WV
      • about 13 hours ago

      Two many parents are on drugs and leaving their children with strangers.These children need their grandparents, someone they know!

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    • Heather Eckard OAK HILL, WV
      • about 13 hours ago

      Every grandparent should have rights

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    • Melissa Richards SURVEYOR, WV
      • about 13 hours ago

      Because I have helped raise my grandaughter and have had her taken away and used as a pawn since birth.

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